AllEars® Running Team Commits to Raising Funds
to Fight Breast Cancer
During Walt Disney World
2011 Marathon Weekend
FREDERICK, MD, December 28, 2010: For the second consecutive year, a group of about 65 dedicated runners have banded together to raise funds for breast cancer research in the name of AllEars.Net founder and 24 year breast cancer survivor Deb Wills.
Team AllEars® -- Running with Purpose is named after Wills's Disney vacation planning website and its companion weekly newsletter. The group is set to participate in the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 7-9, 2011.
Each member of Team AllEars® commits to raising at least $500 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, soliciting pledges of financial support or donations from friends, family and even corporate sponsors. Last year the team raised over $25,000. As of December 15 this year, however, team members had already matched that amount. Team co-captains Mike Scopa and Michelle Scribner-MacLean estimate the final total will exceed $30,000 by the time race day rolls around.
Says Wills: "We did last year as a trial run -- we weren't sure how it would all work. But by the time it was over, we all agreed that this was an extraordinary group of individuals, which convinced us that we needed to do it again."
Team members come to Florida for the Walt Disney Marathon and Half Marathon from all over the country, as far away as California and Washington State. There are even team members from Canada and Mexico. The runners span all age groups -- from novice runners in their 20s, to experienced 60-somethings.
The runners are supported by an ardent group of followers who have dubbed themselves Team AllCheers. Many Team AllCheers members will attend marathon weekend to root on their friends from the sidelines, while others will lend their moral support from home, sending along motivational wishes and helping raise contributions as well.
"Last year our team members not only made themselves healthier by getting in shape for the marathon, but raised money that helped others get the services they needed to get healthier," notes Wills. "This year I'm looking forward to surpassing our goals, both financial and personal, as we continue to increase breast cancer awareness and battle against this disease."
You can read more about Team AllEars® -- Running with Purpose on its blog: http://land.allears.net/blogs/teamallears/
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of Disney vacation planning information on the internet, AllEars.Net is
celebrating its 15th year in 2011. With more than 13,000 pages of information
and photos, AllEars.Net provides readers with details on every aspect
of the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line
to aid in their vacation planning. The site has more than 500,000 unique
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ABOUT DEB WILLS:
Deb Wills is internationally recognized as an expert on Disney vacations. A veteran of countless trips to Walt Disney World, Deb has also set sail on more than 25 cruises, has appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts as a guest host/speaker, and has contributed to a number of Disney guidebooks and other publications.
For the last 10 years, Deb has actively participated in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, of which she herself is a survivor. Deb has participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as both a walker or a crew member since 2001, and has raised more than $225,000. For her special efforts in the fight against breast cancer, Deb was the featured speaker at the 2010 Washington DC Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Closing Ceremony and also received the 2006 Food & Friends Spirit of Friendship Award. She resides in Maryland.
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